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No Thai passengers in flight to China, Thai Lion Air clarifies after Beijing imposes ban

Jul 17. 2020
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By THE NATION

Thai Lion Air said on Thursday (July 16) that there were no Thai passengers on board the flight that carried some Covid-19 patients to China and that no one had left the plane or entered the terminal building when the flight stopped in Bangkok on July 7.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) announced on Wednesday (July 15) that it was banning all Thai AirAsia X and Thai Lion Air flights to China from July 20 to 27 as a punishment for bringing Covid-19 patients into the country.

Five passengers travelling on Thai AirAsia flight XJ808 from Don Mueang to Tianjian were infected, as were six passengers on Thai Lion Air SL117 from Bangkok to Guangzhou. The flights were operated on July 7 as they had been chartered to pick up Chinese citizens in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.

“The SL117 flight flew from Jakarta, stopped at Don Mueang to refuel, and then headed to Guangzhou,” said the airline. “It carried no Thai passengers and no passenger was no allowed to leave the plane or enter the terminal building.”

“The airline has employed strict measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and all crew must wear PPE suits while working on chartered flights and follow the quarantine procedures at Don Mueang Airport,” said the announcement. “We also disinfected the plane while it was refuelling in Bangkok to make sure that all Thai Lion Air planes are safe for passengers on every route.”

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